The Torborg firing/McKeon hiring revisited


Updated: May 15, 2003, 11:59 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Whenever a manager is replaced, it takes at least a week for the dust to settle. Well, things are still pretty dusty in Miami, where Jeff Torborg was axed by the Marlins over the weekend and replaced by Jack McKeon.

  • Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel believes that Torborg was set up to fail by the Marlins and has some unpleasant things to say about the current management team running the Florida operation. He reports that management consistently went against Torborg's wishes and forced its own personnel decisions on him, usually compromising his ability to manage in the way he wanted.

  • Greg Cote of the Miami Herald writes that the so-called "hiring guidelines" that baseball uses in the pursuit of diversifying the ethnic origins of their managers are nothing more than a complete charade. The Marlins have come under scrutiny for not following these guidelines in the hiring of McKeon.
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